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In Andhra Pradesh, controversy and case over alleged hate speech

Hyderabad A complaint has been registered in a local court in Hyderabad alleging that state legislator Akbaruddin Owaisi has delivered a provocative speech instigating communal hatred. The 42-year-old MLA belongs to the All India Majlis-e Ittihad al-Muslimin or MIM. His brother Asaduddin Owaisi is a Member of Parliament.

The case has been filed by KK Sagar, who is affiliated to the BJP.

A court in Hyderabad will take up the case on Monday.

The complaint has invoked section 295 a and 298 of the Indian Penal Code, which deal with offences related to religion, like deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings or any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs and fomenting enmity between two communities.

The younger Owaisi has toured several districts and addressed gatherings over the last two months. Those speeches were also telecast on local channel 4TV, owned by an MIM leader, who has also been made a party in the case.

Ever since the MIM parted ways with the Congress party in November, observers say it has tended to become more aggressive in asserting its religious identity.
Story First Published: December 28, 2012 20:29 IST

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